From Mumini Alao in Cuiaba:
Bosnia coach Safet Susic is bitterly disappointed by his team’s ouster at the FIFA World Cup after his side lost 1-0 to the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Cuiaba in the early hours of Sunday.
Susic who had on several occasions boasted that he has a better team than the Nigerians rued the disallowed goal which could have tipped the balance of the game to his team’s favour.
“I am disappointed that we did not win,” he said. “We had chances but we did not take them. I thought our goal was good goal but the referee thought otherwise.
“Now, we cannot qualify anymore, so I cannot be very happy.”
Susic however for once, had glowing words for Stephen Keshi’s Eagles who won their first World Cup game in 16 years.
“Let’s not delude ourselves; Nigeria is a strong team. People thought we were the favourites to win against them (Nigeria) but I never thought so. I congratulate Nigeria for their win.
“I don’t have any recriminations against my players. They tried their best against a quality opponent. We had a good performance against Argentina, but against Nigeria it was different.”
The Bonian coach also blamed his team’s failure on some other factors before giving his verdict on the chances of the Super Eagles in their last group game against Argentina.
“The pitch was not very good, the weather was humid and the opponents were difficult. But the pitch is not an excuse since both sides played on the same pitch.
“I believe Nigeria will stand a chance t get a good result since the Argentina coach may rest some of their players.
“I wish Nigeria good luck in the rest of the tournament,” Susic, who was a former Bosnian national team player concluded.